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30 March 2018

Boss delighted with his side after fourth consecutive win in Sky Bet League One.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Latics’ 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League One on Good Friday
  • Cook on Nick Powell, Will Grigg, James Vaughan, Jay Fulton, Oldham Athletic and his delight at his side’s win
  • Cook: “I am pleased for the team; it is very much a team ethos at our club.”

Latics boss Paul Cook was full of praise for his players after their 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League One on Good Friday.

Goals from Will Grigg, James Vaughan and Nick Powell earned Latics a fourth consecutive win and Cook was proud of how his side’s quality shone through against Richie Wellens’ Oldham.

“I am just delighted,” Cook said. “It was such an important game for us and Oldham have so many potential threats in their team and they are going to create chances. They came with a very brave formation and credit to Richie and his staff for that.

“They have lads lie Davies and Doyle up front and they have quality right through the team. Oldham have got some good players and Richie has done a good job since he has gone in there.

“I felt we took control and had the quality of players on the pitch to score some really good goals – the first goal for me was excellent, really well made, Vaughany’s came from a mistake which changes the game and then Nick Powell’s third goal well, what can you say? It lit the Stadium up.

“We are delighted, we have nine games to go, we are on 80 points now, it is a tremendous effort from everyone at the club to date – with nine games to go, how many can we get? That’s the challenge for us all.

“We fell off the top of the league due to the FA Cup run, nobody has gone past us or knocked us off the top, so to get back on top with a game in hand temporarily is nice but nobody has achieved anything yet.”

Grigg scored on his return to the side whilst Jay Fulton missed out following Samy Morsy’s return from international duty with Egypt, something Cook added makes his job hard.

“I am pleased for the team; it is very much a team ethos at our club,” Cook explained. “Samy Morsy came back into the team today for Jay Fulton, who has played really well in the last two games but hasn’t made the bench.

“It is really difficult managing this club at times, not with what people think is difficult, but looking after all of the players – we have a tremendous squad of players that are all behind each other.”

On Grigg, who was replaced at half-time by Vaughan following his goal, Cook added:

“Will has been struggling with his calf lately and he proposed to come off at half-time; he is having a great season and scored a quality first goal, the last thing we want would be to lost Will for the rest of the season so it was a precautionary one, especially with having the likes of Devante and Vaughany on the bench.”

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